Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Iditarod schedules special meeting to decide on blind musher
ANCHORAGE (AP) Board members of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race will hold a special meeting in September to try to resolve the issue over a legally blind Oregon teenager seeking special accommodations to run the 2004 race.

Pension fund almost $2.5 billion short
FAIRBANKS (AP) The fund in which the state holds its employees' pension money, as well as communities and groups that subscribe to its pension plan, is almost $2.5 billion short, according to recent figures.

Heavy rain lifts creeks over Interior roads
FAIRBANKS (AP) Some of the heaviest rains in more than 35 years soaked Fairbanks and other Interior locations Sunday.

Wrongful death lawsuit settled
FAIRBANKS (AP) A wrongful death lawsuit filed after a warehouseman was killed by falling pipe has been settled.

Ships may have to be equipped with anti-collision device
ANCHORAGE (AP) Certain ships may have to be equipped with anti-collision technology that the federal government believe may be useful in thwarting terrorism.

Alaska Airlines lowers luggage weight limit
ANCHORAGE (AP) The cost of heavy luggage is going up at Alaska Airlines.

Labor Department predicts tellers, other jobs will decline
FAIRBANKS (AP) The number of bank tellers in the state will decline, according to predictions of a state labor study, but bank officials don't agree.

Agencies lay out course on Kensington mine project
JUNEAU (AP) State and federal agencies involved in analyzing the proposed Kensington mine have outlined a schedule for permitting the project.

Segway tours planned for visitors next year
ANCHORAGE (AP) A tour company says it will sell people the chance to glide through Alaska next year in futuristic style on Segway ''Human Transporters.''

Eight congressmen join Young on Alaska visit
FAIRBANKS (AP) Eight members of Congress are joining Rep. Don Young in Alaska as the U.S. House takes its traditional summer recess.

Two Wainwright soldiers charged with assault
FAIRBANKS (AP) A Fort Wainwright soldier was in critical condition Sunday at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital after allegedly being beaten by two other soldiers.

Federal grants help demolish Anchorage eyesores
ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage neighborhood lost a few old eyesores Monday as demolition crews crunched up and hauled away skeletal, charred houses that neighbors said have marred the landscape for years.

Missile officials wait for intent on extra money
WASHINGTON (AP) Sen. Ted Stevens' proposed $200 million increase in spending for ground-based missile interceptors would provide money beyond what President Bush's budget projected was necessary to have 16 interceptor silos at Fort Greely by the end of 2005.

Soldotna guide sentenced for dousing protesters
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Soldotna fishing guide was sentenced Monday to 320 hours of community service for dumping water on street-corner peace demonstrators last spring while his son was fighting in Iraq.

Northwest doing brisk bussiness in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) Northwest Airlines Cargo Inc. is doing a brisk business at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, and doesn't anticipate slowing down anytime soon.

More rain possible for flooded Interior
FAIRBANKS (AP) With Fairbanks and other Interior Alaska locations on pace for the wettest July on record, flooding closed Chena Hot Springs Road on Monday and restricted traffic in waterlogged areas of the Parks Highway.

Stabbing death shocks Southeast community
JUNEAU (AP) An Angoon man was stabbed to death at his home Saturday night, relatives said.

Floods overwhelms cabins at Carlo Creek
DENALI NATIONAL PARK (AP) Carlo Creek jumped its banks early Monday and swept a path of destruction on its way to the Nenana River, destroying cabins and threatening to push at least one home into the river.

Investigators unravel mysteries of old bones
FAIRBANKS (AP) When his son's pit bull brought home a human skull July 11, Roger Shields turned it over to Alaska State Troopers to determine where it came from and how the person died.

Comeau named state Superintendent of the Year
ANCHORAGE (AP) The Alaska Association of School Administrators has named Anchorage Schools Superintendent Carol Comeau Alaska's Superintendent of the Year.

Scientists have found oldest shipwreck in Alaska
KODIAK (AP) Scientists say they have found what they believe to be the wreckage of the Russian sailing vessel Kadiak, which sank in 1860 in shallow waters near Spruce Island.

Wrongful death lawsuit settled
FAIRBANKS (AP) A wrongful death lawsuit filed after a warehouseman was killed by falling pipe has been settled.

Hoonah man says Agent Orange buried in Tok
FAIRBANKS (AP) The former employee of a contractor hired by the Army told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that he helped bury Agent Orange in Tok 30 years ago.

Grizzly shot in neighborhood outside Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) A Goldstream Valley homeowner shot a grizzly bear in his driveway last week that ignored warning shots.

Panel: Alaska needs to do more to prevent accidents
ANCHORAGE (AP) A national panel of injury-prevention experts has found that education efforts in Alaska have helped cut the accident rate in recent years, but more needs to be done.

Heavy rain lifts creeks over Interior roads
FAIRBANKS (AP) Fairbanks is on its way to the rainiest July ever.

Forms could help paramedics in emergency
ANCHORAGE (AP) A nonprofit organization is distributing forms that can provide paramedics with vital information when they respond to homes.

Agencies lay out course on Kensington mine project
JUNEAU (AP) State and federal agencies involved in analyzing the proposed Kensington mine have outlined a schedule for permitting the project.

UAF professor honored for moose research
FAIRBANKS (AP) Professor Terry Bowyer, a nationally-recognized instructor and researcher at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, needs no prompting to dive into his favorite topic moose.

Troopers confirm stabbing death
JUNEAU (AP) Alaska State Troopers on Monday confirmed the stabbing death of an Angoon man but said no arrests have been made.

Palmeiro leads Rangers past Mariners
SEATTLE Rafael Palmeiro hit a grand slam and a three-run homer for career-high seven RBIs to lead the Texas Rangers over the Seattle Mariners 10-1 Monday night.

First time out... ...First Championship Title
Amy George is now the reigning Northern Lights Body Building & Fitness champion, taking 1st place in the women's heavyweight division, and 1st place overall at the Northern Lights Body Building & Fitness Championships held recently in Fairbanks.

Shakespeare's Hamlet coming to Kenai
A unique opportunity to add to your outdoor fishing, hiking, kayaking, canoeing or mountain climbing adventure on the Peninsula, an outdoor cultural experience not to be forgotten;

Making hay while the sun shines
The light winter, early spring and warm, sunny summer are adding up to a windfall of windrows for those making hay on the Kenai Peninsula.

Fulfilling a fantasy at 92
To hang on to some nice young man around the middle and just go on the back of a big Harley was Ireta Musgrave's birthday wish at 92 years young. Local members of ABATE, Alaska Bikers Advocating Training & Education, made Ireta's wish come true last week. Club President Craig Rowell and member Art Waters heard of Ireta's long time desire and enlisted Mike Seaman and his Harley to do the honors.

Open House at new ACS building
Now there is one stop shopping for all your Alaska Communication Systems services on the Central Peninsula. ACS is now located in one location in Soldotna at the corner of Kobuk and Wilson St. just a block off the Sterling Highway.

Photo feature: Net profit
Christian Ehgartner nets a red salmon his father Franz caught below the David Douthit Veterans Memorial Bridge in Soldotna last weekend. Ehgartner said the pair was visiting from Austria and was having a lot of success fishing the Kenai River.

Now Playing: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life / Bad Boys II
Angelina Jolie is the perfect person to portray video-game super-heroine Lara Croft because she, like Lara, has basically been created out of equal parts teenage hormones and media hype. Sure, there's a good actress hiding in there, but for all the freaky rumors and bizarre truths, she might as well be nothing more than a sexy digital creation running around a giant tabloid video game. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, on the other hand, have real lives but have just chosen to deliver lifeless performances.

Contestant appreciates support
I would like to thank Inlet Drilling for sponsoring me. Without their help, my entry for the Little Miss Rodeo Contest couldn't have happened.

Norm Story will be missed at helm of Homer Electric
In 1991, I attended a general manager's conference sponsored by the Rural Electrification Administration (REA) in Washington, D. C., where I met my first Alaskans. Their names were Norm and Lynn Story. Norm was employed as the manager for Homer Electric Association (HEA). My wife and I delighted at their stories about Alaska.

Water monitoring is proactive approach that prevents pollution
Curtailing a long standing comprehensive water-monitoring program along waters which protect salmon habitat and water quality seems like a really short-sighted plan.

Rowing camp great, except for smashing finale on highway
The Kenai Crewsers Rowing Club and the Anchorage Rowing Association just spent two wonderful weekends with Coach and Olympic Gold Medalist Carie Graves from the University of Texas at a rowing camp on Trail Lake in Moose Pass.

There's better way to honor state's seniors than with longevity bonus
The governor's recent trashing of the Longevity Bonus Program points to an inherent flaw in all government entitlement programs: When the political winds change direction, you can lose your political largess with just a flick of the red pen.

Rodeo enthusiasts saddle up for Progress Days
The chute opens and a calf bolts out in a blur of motion, kicking up mud with each hoof beat.

Soldotna council still searching for right site
Bringing a cemetery to town is proving to be a lengthy endeavor for the city of Soldotna.

Nature series revives days of guide, hunter
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge's nature walk series has been popular with tourists and locals this summer.

Judge gives Webster options
Under a complex sentence handed down Monday, the man convicted of throwing water on peace demonstrators at the "Y" in Soldotna earlier this year may choose between going to jail, performing community service or a combination of the two.

Trash can set afire at SoHi
Though school doesn't start for another few weeks, Soldotna High School had an early housewarming Friday when someone set fire to a trash can near the parking lot entrance to the building around 8:30 p.m.

Couple's plans to fish sink before they swim
Some days of fishing are better than others, but on a day when your truck sinks before leaving the dock well, it doesn't come much worse than that.

Brown bear season to be nixed
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is in the process of making it official: The fall hunting season for brown bear will be closed on the Kenai Peninsula.

Kenai council begins fund to maintain property
Having a nice, well-maintained place of residence takes effort and money, as anyone involved in home improvement projects knows.

Helen (Ballenti) Magsayo
Soldotna resident Helen (Ballenti) Magsayo died Saturday, July 26, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 66.

Neva LaRae 'Pixie' (McAllister) Notter
Neva LaRae "Pixie" (McAllister) Notter died Sunday, July 6, 2003, of a heart attack at the Republic County Hospital in Belleville, Kan. She was 41.

Oilers, Bucs rained out
The Peninsula Oilers had their opening game in the Gillette Wood Bat Invitational rained out Monday.

Oilers drop two; miss NBC shot
The Peninsula Oilers dropped an opportunity to clinch a berth in the National Baseball Congress World Series on Sunday after losing two games of a double-header against Athletes In Action at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.

AIDS news alarming
Thanks to billions of dollars in research, countless hours in the laboratory and a long process of trial and error, medical researchers have developed a variety of drugs that keep people with HIV from developing AIDS. It's crucial to preserve the effectiveness of these hard-won advances as long as possible.

Speculating on Saddam's fate
WASHINGTON If U.S. forces capture Saddam Hussein, his prospects would be bleak: intense interrogation, an austere prison cell, a trial for war crimes and perhaps an execution.

DEC dumps Kenai Peninsula
The commentary by Ernesta Ballard of Alaska's Department of Environmental Conservation in last Tuesday's Peninsula Clarion reminds me of a sleezy used car salesman saying "trust me!" It is quite true that DEC is supposed to protect the precious "crown jewels" of Alaska like the Kenai River. However, as Paul Harvey always suggests, there is "the rest of the story."

State needs to move beyond rural-urban divide, work together
Alaska has for some time now been mired in a furious and unhealthy tug of war between its urban and rural regions. The arguing erupted yet again in recent days, with members of a special legislative committee being accused of robbing the rural regions simply because they rejected a plan by the governor to sharply, and unfairly, increase state aid to many small communities.

United States allowing export of high-tech jobs
Those who have not wanted to help the textile industry battle cheap foreign imports have often said that high-tech jobs can replace less skilled manufacturing jobs. Now it seems as if even the high-tech jobs are being exported.

Allen and Toni OskolkoffSarah and Luke HansonRebecca VanBoxdel and Jake Arness

Peninsula People
Sterling woman attends summer Navy programNinilchik woman completes culinary programSoldotna student earns scholarshipsKenai student named to honors listKCHS student wins award at national contestKenai student completes CNA training

Around the Peninsula
KVCC celebrates arts on the KenaiBlood donation earns dinner discountDeadline for Native veterans representatives setBuilders host member appreciation picnicSoroptimists hold benefit for cancer fundPower wheelchairs availableSquare dancers plan eventsCooper Landing library to host auctionBoy Scout leaders plan gatheringRedoubt schedules back-to-school open house

Community News
KCHS cross country begins today

Around the Peninsula
Club hosts open gymNutritional classes availableSalmon industry focus of chamber meetingWRCC board meeting scheduledYouth theater to present alien adventureAlaska refuges plan centennial celebrationBusiness beautification contest continuesFinal Safe Sitter course of summer slatedCongressional mobile office tour plannedUnited Way plans cruise fund-raiserResidents needed to apply for CPHC board

Hero of the Week
In May of this year, I was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident. I spent three weeks in the hospital.

Summer Landscaping Awards
Harold Dusenbery's home on Channel Way in Inlet Woods Subdivision was selected as this week's Kenai's Garden of the Week.

Subway's Jared visits Soldotna
To some he's an inspiration, to others he's a celebrity visiting the Kenai Peninsula, and to millions he's the guy seen in the Subway TV commercials who lost hundreds of pounds eating only Subway sandwiches for one year.

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors.

Senior Menus
What's on the menu for our are seniors

Cancer still rates as toughest opponent
Lance Armstrong has been on top of the world so long that the rest of us sometimes forget how he got there.

Sports Briefs
Twins wait out rainSafety injures foot during practiceNewman wins at Pocono

Can he defy history?
If only for a day, Lance Armstrong rode his bike like someone who really was on a tour of France.

Big Two can't hold Bridges
RANCHO SANTA Fe, Calif. Put together the best two players in golf with nine victories this year and 11 major championships between them, and guess what happens?

Neuheisel appeals to UW VP
Rick Neuheisel's lawyer said Sunday he hopes to make the NCAA accountable for what he claims is the organization's ''rush to judgment'' in the firing of the Washington football coach.

Sports Briefs
Seavey wins national crownNikiski Hoop Camp set for Aug. 6 to 8KPSC takes two titles in FairbanksTeam Alaska drops first gameHomer Jackpot derby has new leaderWashington: Neuheisel's termination stands

Disabled athletes to sue USOC
DENVER Three Paralympic athletes plan to file a discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Olympic Committee for not providing equal benefits to disabled athletes.

Dennehy's body identified outside of Waco
WACO, Texas Medical examiners on Sunday identified a body found in chest-high weeds near Waco as that of Baylor University basketball player Patrick Dennehy, who had been missing since June 19.

Lance Armstrong wins record-tying Tour de France title
PARIS Never did his reign look so uncertain. Never did he savor a victory quite like this one.

Coach: Future looks bright for Armstrong
PARIS Before Lance Armstrong and I can begin thinking about the 2004 Tour de France, we are going to spend some time enjoying his fifth victory.

Hope left mark on golfing
When Bob Hope celebrated his last birthday, it was the only time he was happy to hit 100.

Baylor grieving over basketball player's death
WACO, Texas (AP) Baylor University officials said Monday they were grief-stricken and trying to come to terms with the death of basketball player Patrick Dennehy and the murder charge against a former teammate.

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